1944 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1944 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens would win the series 4–0 to win their first Stanley Cup since they defeated Chicago in 1931.

1944 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
Montreal Canadiens 5335* 4
Chicago Black Hawks 1124* 0
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 4)
Chicago: Chicago Stadium (2, 3)
CoachesMontreal: Dick Irvin
Chicago: Paul Thompson
CaptainsMontreal: Toe Blake
Chicago: Doug Bentley
DatesApril 4 – April 13
Series-winning goalToe Blake (9:12, OT)

Paths to the Final

Chicago defeated the defending champion Detroit Red Wings in a best-of-seven 4–1 to advance to the final. Montreal defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-seven 4–1 to advance.

Game summaries

Maurice "Rocket" Richard made his Stanley Cup debut with a five-goal performance in the series, including a hat trick in game two. The Punch Line of Richard, Elmer Lach and Toe Blake scored ten of the Canadiens' 16 goals. Blake scored the Cup winner in overtime. In the same overtime, Bill Durnan stopped the first penalty shot awarded in the final, awarded to Virgil Johnson.

Montreal won series 4–0

Montreal Canadiens 1944 Stanley Cup Champions



1 Bill Durnan

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner), Dalton Coleman (Vice President/Owner)
  • Len Peto (Director), Tommy Gorman (Manager)
  • Dick Irvin Sr, (Coach)
  • Ernie Cook (Trainer)&, Hector Dubois (Asst. Trainer)&.
  • William Northey (Vice President/Owner) was missing from team picture, and Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Trainer Ernie Cook and Hector Dubois were included on the team picture in 1944, 1946. However, their names were not engraved on the Cup. When the Stanley Cup was redesigned during the 1957–58 season Cook was added to cup in 1944, but not to 1946 team. Dubois was not added to 1944, 1946 team. Dubois would later have his name on the Stanley Cup 6 times 1953–56–57–58–59–60.
  • In 1944 Tommy Gorman became the only Manager to win 4 Stanley Cup with 4 different teams. 1920–21–23 Ottawa Senators, 1934 Chicago Black Hawks, 1935 Montreal Maroons and 1944 Montreal Canadiens. He would retire as a champion, after winning one more cup with the Canadiens in 1946.
Spelling mistakes
  • Bill Durnan's name was misspelled as BILL DURMAN. The first "N" was engraved as a "M". The mistake was corrected in 1992–93 when the Replica Cup was created.
  • Gerald "Gerry" Heffernan won only 1 Stanley Cup in his career in 1944. However, his name is spelled differently on each of the 3 rings that included the 1944 Montreal Canadiens.
  • On the original ring in 1944 as GERALD HEFFERNAN
  • On the Redesigned ring created during 1957–58 season as JERRY HEFFERNAN
  • On the Replica ring created in 1992–93 as GERRY HEFFERNAN

See also

References and notes

  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
1944–45 Chicago Black Hawks season

The 1944–45 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 19th season in the NHL, and they were coming off an appearance in the 1944 Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Montreal Canadiens in 4 games.

The Black Hawks would lose their top scorer Doug Bentley, who was given permission to stay home in Saskatchewan and tend the family farm by the Canadian Armed Forces officials, while his brother Max Bentley would miss his 2nd season due to World War II. The club would name Clint Smith as team captain, and after the first game of the season, a loss of 11–5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, head coach Paul Thompson was replaced by former Black Hawk captain Johnny Gottselig.

The Hawks would struggle to score goals, scoring a league low 141, while allowing 194, which ranked them 4th. The team would finish the season with a 13–30–7 record, and their 33 points was their lowest point total since 1938–39. Chicago would fail to make the post-season, as they would finish 3 points behind the Boston Bruins for 4th place.

Midway through the season, the Black Hawks would be involved in a big trade with the Detroit Red Wings, as Chicago would trade Earl Seibert and Fido Purpur to the Wings for Butch McDonald, Don Grosso, and Cully Simon.

Offensively, the Hawks were led by Bill Mosienko, who led the team with 28 goals, Clint Smith with his team high 31 assists, and the two of them would tie for the team lead in points at 54. Pete Horeck would be the only other Black Hawk to score more than 10 goals, as he had 20. Joe Cooper would lead the defense all season long, earning 21 points and a team high 50 penalty minutes.

In goal, the Hawks would bring back Mike Karakas, and he would lead the team with 12 wins and a 3.90 GAA, and earn 4 shutouts. Doug Stevenson would appear in a couple of games, getting a 1–1–0 record with a GAA of 3.50.

1945 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1945 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs won the series by four games to three--although not before they blew a 3-0 lead to the Red Wings, who nearly served them a taste of their own medicine.

1945–46 Chicago Black Hawks season

The 1945–46 Chicago Black Hawks season was the teams 20th season in the National Hockey League, and they were coming off a disappointing season in 1944–45, failing to qualify for the playoffs.

With Doug Bentley, Max Bentley, and Red Hamill returning to the team after World War II, the Black Hawks would set a team record by scoring 200 goals, which also led the NHL. The Hawks allowed 178, which ranked them 4th. The Hawks would finish the season with a 23–20–7 record, good for 53 points, which was their highest total since the 1934–35 season, and they would finish in 3rd place in the NHL.

Offensively, the Hawks were led by Max Bentley, who scored a team high 31 goals, and had an NHL high 61 points, while winning the Hart Trophy. Clint Smith had a solid season, registering 50 points, while Bill Mosienko would have 48. Doug Bentley missed 14 games due to injuries, but still finished with 40 points. Team captain John Mariucci would lead the Hawks defensemen with 11 points, and have a team high 58 penalty minutes.

In goal, Mike Karakas would get a majority of the action, earning a career high 22 wins, while posting a 3.46 GAA and a shutout along the way.

The 3rd seeded Hawks would face the 1st place team, the Montreal Canadiens, in a best of 7 series in the opening round of the playoffs. Montreal finished 8 points ahead of the Hawks, and had recently swept Chicago in the 1944 Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadiens once again proved to be too much for the Hawks to handle, as they blew out the Hawks in each of the 4 games they played to sweep the series.

1945–46 NHL season

The 1945–46 NHL season was the 29th season of the National Hockey League. The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Boston Bruins for the team's sixth championship.

Mike Karakas

Michael George Karakas (December 2, 1911 – May 2, 1992) was an American professional ice hockey goaltender in the National Hockey League (NHL) who was the league's first American-born and trained goaltender. Karakas played six full seasons and parts of two others with the Chicago Black Hawks. He appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals, winning once. In 1938, Karakas led Chicago, who had a .411 winning percentage in the regular season, to a second Stanley Cup, playing with a steel-toed boot on one foot in the last two games of the Finals after he had broken it in the last game of the Semi-finals. Karakas is one of the original members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

Toe Blake

Joseph Hector "Toe" Blake, (August 21, 1912 – May 17, 1995) was a Canadian ice hockey player and coach in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is best known for his three-decade association with the Montreal Canadiens, with whom he won the Stanley Cup ten times as a player or coach. In 2017 Blake was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

April 4 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 8:37 - Phil Watson (2)
Clint Smith (4) - pp - 10:11 Second period 6:35 - pp - Toe Blake (5)
10:58 - Ray Getliffe (4)
No scoring Third period 4:47 - Murph Chamberlain (5)
18:07 - Ray Getliffe (5)
Mike Karakas Goalie stats Bill Durnan
April 6 Montreal Canadiens 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Maurice Richard (8) - 13:00 Second period No scoring
Maurice Richard (9) - 12:16
Maurice Richard (10) - 15:33
Third period 19:59 - John Harms (1)
Bill Durnan Goalie stats Mike Karakas
April 9 Montreal Canadiens 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period 5:14 - George Allen (3)
Toe Blake (6) - 2:02 Second period No scoring
Mike McMahon (1) - 5:47
Phil Watson (3) - 6:42
Third period 4:16 - John Harms (2)
Bill Durnan Goalie stats Mike Karakas
April 13 Chicago Black Hawks 4–5 OT Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
George Allen (4) - 5:12 First period 8:48 - Elmer Lach (1)
John Harms (3) - pp - 7:30
George Allen (5) - pp - 9:12
Doug Bentley (8) - 10:09
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 10:02 - Elmer Lach (2)
16:05 - Maurice Richard (11)
17:20 - Maurice Richard (12)
No scoring First overtime period 9:12 - Toe Blake (7)
Mike Karakas Goalie stats Bill Durnan
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